“They have to be into nature,” she said. “There’s no squeamishness here.”
After they explore, they do a craft, which highlights whatever they did that day. They might take leaves they collected and make a leaf identification book using rubbings, Hochberg said. Or it could be making a stuffed tadpole that grows into a frog. At the end of the week, kids go on a scavenger hunt to find the things they’ve learned about each day.
“We’re trying to introduce nature and exploration back into childhood,” Hochberg said. “With all the technology, computer and video games, kids don’t get out and get dirty or explore nature anymore.”
The center is at 201 Lyons Rd. South in Coconut Creek. Call 954-357-5198. The cost is $75 per child for the week, 9 a.m. to noon. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit www.broward.org/parks for information about this and other Broward County park camps.
Use an iPad to bring a character to life, animate it and create a digital cartoon strip at Young at Art Museum’s Cartooning Camp in Davie. At the camp, held in two-week sessions, an iPad preloaded with apps will be available for each camper, said Marie Segre, Art Institute Manager.
The class, for ages 8 to 14, will begin with instruction on traditional drawing and cartooning techniques, then campers will learn how to transform their artwork into a digital format. Depending on the session, they will animate a short film, design digital cartoons or create a simple video game. Advanced cartooning for ages 10 to 14 is available for campers who have taken a previous class. Syndicated cartoonist and animator Rob Cabrera of Fort Lauderdale is one of the instructors.
“This camp is for kids who like to draw and want to take it to the next level,” Segre said. Campers will be able to display and sell work at the museum’s Comic Convention on July 19.
Another specialty camp offered by the museum is the Ceramic and Sculpt Camp, Segre said. In this two-week camp, for ages 8 to 14, kids will hand build 3-D sculptures and spin their own creations on the potter’s wheel.
“They will be using a Japanese firing technique called Raku, and do pit firing, where you dig a hole in the ground,” Segre said. “Those are things they don’t get to try anywhere else.”
A Museum Exploration Camp with three to four art activities a week also is held. Camps are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekly sessions are $235 for members; $260 for non-members. Two-week sessions are $500 for members and $550 for non-members. Young At Art Museum is at 751 SW 121st Ave. in Davie. Call 954-424-0085, ext. 5031, or visit www.youngatartmuseum.org/.
Put South Florida’s beautiful beaches to use with a camp that teaches surfing, skim-boarding, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling, such as Living Water Surf School in Pompano Beach. Run by William “Skeeter” Zimmerman, 28, a professional surfer, the camp is offered half- and full-day. The focus is surfing, but a variety of activities to have fun in the ocean are mixed in.
The camp begins with a short introduction to the sport of surfing, its history and dangers. Kids learn about the parts of a surfboard and how to paddle and stand up, which they practice on the beach before hitting the water. Some kids want to just surf all week, Zimmerman said, but others want to mix it up, so they’ll enjoy tubing behind a Jet Ski, beach games and other water sports.